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Dr. Maya Rockeymoore
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Dr. Maya Rockeymoore is a respected policy analyst, researcher, and advocate with expertise in an array of public policy issues. She is the founder, President and CEO of Global Policy Solutions (GPS); a Washington D.C.-based consulting firm with a social change mission and, a multi-media platfor highlighting diverse voices with real solutions for a changing world. Global Policy Solutions works with non-profit organizations, foundations, governmental entities, and socially-responsible corporations.

Prior to launching GPS, Dr. Rockeymoore served as Vice President for Research and Programs at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation where she successfully led the implementation of the organization’s five-year strategic plan. In addition to managing a portfolio of programs in the areas of economic development, education, public health and international affairs, one of her most important accomplishments in this position was the creation of the Foundation’s think tank—the Center for Policy Analysis and Research (CPAR).

Under Dr. Rockeymoore’s skilled leadership, CPAR released several influential studies and reports covering issues such as U.S. energy security, global warming, and Social Security reform. Through CPAR, Dr. Rockeymoore’s research and advocacy expertise helped define the national debate on Social Security reform and her efforts generated coverage in the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, Boston Globe, Houston Chronicle, ABC World News Tonight, Fox News, and C-SPAN among others national news sources. Dr. Rockeymoore is a sought after public speaker who has also testified before Congress on issues of importance to vulnerable populations.

Before joining CBCF, Dr. Rockeymoore served as the Senior Resident Scholar for Health and Income Security at the National Urban League’s policy think tank. In this position, she developed a strategic plan for the League’s health portfolio, oversaw implementation of a federal health program, and helped shaped the League’s welfare reform research agenda.

As Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor to Congressman Charles Rangel in the late 1990s, Dr. Rockeymoore helped facilitate passage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act—the first-ever multi-lateral trade policy between the U.S. and countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Other defining positions held by Dr. Rockeymoore include working as a professional staffer on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, as a CBCF Congressional Fellow in the Office of Congressman Melvin Watt, and as an Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Marion County Health Department in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Dr. Rockeymoore holds a B.A. in political science and mass communications from Prairie View A&M University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science and public policy from Purdue University. She is the author of The Political Action Handbook: A How to Guide for the Hip Hop Generation and co-editor of Strengthening Community: Social Insurance in a Diverse America. Dr. Rockeymoore was named an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow in 2004 and serves on the board of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.

Entries by Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

Black Lives, White Silence and the Second Reconstruction

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 2:40 PM

The tragic shooting deaths of nine African-American congregants in an historic South Carolina church and its juxtaposition with the ongoing debate about police mistreatment of African-Americans in a nation led by president who is part African suggests we are in a curious moment in U.S. history.


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(9) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 3:47 PM

An open letter to Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office:

Dear Mr. Pinkney,

I am writing to request that the family of Tamir Rice has the opportunity to receive a fair and independent legal review that allows them to receive justice in the killing of their son.

We all saw...

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It's Time for an Inclusion Revolution

(3) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 11:57 PM

Brows furrowed, eyes focused, I was busy concentrating on my latest artistic masterpiece. As my hands carefully guided the acrylic paint across the canvas with the stroke of a brush, I became aware of a classmate standing nearby silently contemplating my subject. I paused and gave him a quizzical look....

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Beyond Broke: Why the Racial Wealth Gap Matters

(11) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 8:48 AM

Right now, there are families in America who feel they have done all the "right things." They have played by the rules and worked hard but they aren't getting ahead financially. In fact, they are falling further behind and are basically beyond broke. They have many things in common but...

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The Civil Rights Act at 50: Why We Still Need Liberation Policy

(7) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 10:33 AM

Hearing President Obama's speech on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, we are encouraged by the progress America has made to live up to its promise. Yet it marks a bittersweet moment. For although there are no more Bull Connors with dogs chasing down African Americans,...

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The President and the Pope: What's Missing From Their Inequality Talk

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 12:35 PM

Perhaps years from now, when President Obama writes his autobiography about his time in office, we'll learn all the details about his conversation with Pope Francis. We knew before the meeting that economic inequality would be a topic of discussion, and afterwards we were told it was part of the...

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African Americans Chained by President Obama's CPI Proposal

(25) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 5:36 PM

During the last election cycle Al Sharpton famously said, "It's not about Obama, it's about your momma." He was making a compelling argument that the public needed to be concerned about Mitt Romney's draconian Social Security and Medicare proposals. Now that the Obama administration has released its 2014...

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Ashley Judd, Please Reconsider!

(269) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 4:09 PM

Ms. Judd, I was disheartened to read that you decided not to run against Mitch McConnell for the Kentucky senate seat. Several days prior to your announcement, I was especially disturbed by reports that the Clinton machine had thrown their support behind newly elected Secretary of...

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Why I Won't Listen to Beyonce

(773) Comments | Posted January 21, 2013 | 7:08 AM

Today and again in two weeks all eyes will be on Beyonce Knowles as she performs at the inauguration and Super Bowl. As someone who has music from every solo album Beyonce has ever recorded, I can say that I have been a long time fan. So I never thought...

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When Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: The Link Between Sugary Drinks and African-American Health Disparities

(12) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 12:44 PM

I will never forget the time when I visited my parent's church on "Diabetes Sunday," a program of the American Diabetes Association to raise awareness about the disease within the African-American community. A brochure in the church bulletin highlighted the dangers and prevalence of type 2 diabetes in the African-American...

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Selling Out America's Youth: An Open Letter to Alan Simpson

(177) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 4:27 PM

Dear former Senator Alan Simpson,

I've seen you on television chatting up your debt reduction proposal with Jon Stewart of the Daily Show, Savannah Guthrie of the Today Show and Bob Schieffer of Face the Nation. And while you come across as a likable guy, your claim to be...

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The Soda Games

(1) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 2:06 PM

It isn't often that we get to see American teens in peak physical condition showcasing their athleticism on the world stage. So it was especially thrilling to watch the U.S. women's gymnastics team -- and other young Olympians -- win gold at this summer's London Olympics. Their achievements are an...

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Mitt Romney's Desperate VP Choice

(872) Comments | Posted August 11, 2012 | 8:01 AM

You have to wonder about the level of Mitt Romney's desperation to select Representative Paul Ryan as his running mate. By all accounts, Mr. Ryan seems like a nice all-American guy: former McDonald's employee, waiter, and personal fitness trainer. But all of these ordinary working class jobs Ryan held in...

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On 'Mad Men,' Past is Prologue

(3) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 9:24 AM

Mad Men is about to make Emmy history with the highest number of nominations for a drama series. The show depicts an era of American history when the priorities, preferences, and opinions of men prevailed in the public and private spheres of American life, often to the detriment...

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Are Black Women Obese Because We Want to Be?

(16) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 11:14 AM

There are few stories that cause me to sprint to Facebook and Twitter, but a widely read New York Times opinion editorial by Alice Randall arguing that black women are the most obese group in America because "we want to be" caused me to do just that. Curious...

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The Coming Social Anarchy

(39) Comments | Posted August 5, 2011 | 6:19 PM

While attending a White House briefing for advocacy groups a few weeks ago, a Very Smart Staffer explained to the group that the debt deal would be "good for the economy." When I asked him how, he admitted that the deal would be good for "markets" (he made no mention...

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Washington's War on America

(60) Comments | Posted July 27, 2011 | 1:07 PM

The high stakes debt ceiling negotiations have had Americans and the rest of the world on the edge of their seats. While most of the media elite has focused on whether our political leaders can achieve a bipartisan deal on the debt, the rest of the world has taken note...

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What People of Color Should Know About Tax Cut and Deficit Reduction Proposals

(2) Comments | Posted December 13, 2010 | 8:30 AM

A lot has been said about the proposed tax giveaway to the wealthiest Americans and the austerity measures recommended by President Obama's deficit commission. However, an analysis of the impact that both proposals would have on black and brown Americans has been missing from the conversation.

U.S. Census Bureau...

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Let's Move! Sarah Palin

(131) Comments | Posted November 25, 2010 | 2:09 PM

Former Governor Sarah Palin recently claimed that First Lady Michelle Obama's childhood obesity prevention campaign inappropriately usurps the role of parents in making food choices for their children. Her critical comments fail to recognize that, in too many instances, parents have become prisoners of school and community environments that restrict...

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Zero-Basing Public Schools, Free-Basing Education Policy

(4) Comments | Posted May 17, 2010 | 8:19 AM

There was a tale of two school districts on display at Baltimore's Walters Art Museum on Saturday morning. The occasion was Congressman Elijah Cummings's annual arts competition--an event in which students from high schools across his Congressional district submit their best work in the hopes of winning the honor of...

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